India and Australia are ready to lock horns for the limited overs series. The Kangaroos have traveled to India to take part in 5 ODIs and 3 T20Is starting September 17 in Chennai. Each time these 2 teams go head to head, the excitement level is altogether different. There is hardly any other contest in the world that offers such competition.
As the ODI series is set to start, the players from either would be planning to get the better of the opposition. There is one more thing that is on the line – the No.1 ODI ranking. Both the teams have a chance to occupy the pole position after the completion of the series.
India are currently at 3rd spot with the rating of 117 whereas Australia also have the same rating but they occupy the second spot as they inch ahead in decimal points. South Africa are currently at the top with a rating of 119.
Possible results and their impact on the rankings
India/Australia win the series 5-0
In case either side enforces a whitewash, they would end up at the top spot and by some distance. If the hosts win 5-0, they would finish with a rating of 122 whereas the opposition would end up with 113. On the contrary, if Australia end up with 5-0, they’d move to 122 while India would fall down to 112.
India/Australia win the series 4-1
If any of the sides manage to win the series by a margin of 4-1, they would claim the pole position with a lead of 6. The winner would gain 3 rating points and move to 120 while the loser would end up with 114.
India/Australia win the series 3-2
The result of 3-2 for either side won’t take them to the top spot. The winner would add one rating point and shift to 118 rating points whereas the loser would lose a point and slip to 116. South Africa would hold on to the top spot in the case of a victory by a margin of one game.